Nebraska's 90th consecutive sellout crowd watched I.M. Hipp demonstrate that he was just that in a 31-10 conquest of Baylor. Replacing Tailback Rick Berns—who had injured his hip, of course—Hipp gained 122 yards in 18 carries and scored his first touchdown on a 14-yard run.
Arizona trounced Iowa 41-7, Oklahoma State routed Texas El Paso 54-0, North Carolina ripped Northwestern 41-7. Colorado stung New Mexico 42-7 and Miami of Ohio edged Indiana 21-20.
1. OKLAHOMA (3-0)
2. MICHIGAN (3-0)
3. OHIO STATE (2-1)
Streaking, so to speak, was again in style at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where USC pulverized Texas Christian 51-0 to chalk up its 14th straight victory and hand the Horned Frogs their 14th straight defeat. Both streaks are the longest among major schools and the outcome was hardly surprising. The second-ranked Trojans, with 10 different players scoring, amassed 642 yards of total offense, which isn't even close to the school record—the 1925 Trojan team of Howard Jones rolled up 978 yards in its 80-0 blitz of Pomona.
Asked if he believed his team should be ranked No. 1, USC Coach John Robinson said, "I don't really know and I don't honestly care. There are about eight or nine teams with the potential to be great. We haven't proved we're great yet. We've done well. Right now we're not as good as last year's team was at the end of the season, but we're better than they were at this time."
Brigham Young also romped, defeating Utah State 65-6. Quarterback Gifford Nielsen, who tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to John VanDerWouden on the Cougars' first play from scrimmage, went on to give BYU a 28-0 lead in the first quarter by hitting on 10 of 11 passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
Nielsen played only three quarters but he finished with 30 completions in 40 attempts for 321 yards and six touchdowns. "I can't remember when I've had a hotter hand than I had today," Nielsen said. His substitute, Mark Wilson, was even hotter. He completed seven passes in seven attempts, which made him 15 of 16 for the season.
Steve Hicks' 41-yard field goal with 39 seconds left gave Arizona State a 33-31 triumph over Oregon State. Hicks, who had missed an earlier conversion kick, barely made it on the critical field goal, a "dying quail" shot following a high snap.
Stanford's Quarterback Guy Benjamin passed for 272 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals' 37-24 defeat of Illinois. Benjamin, who is dueling Nielsen for NCAA passing honors, connected with Wide Receiver James Lofton, who had 107 yards on eight receptions, for two touchdowns.